All the News That’s Fit to Eat: Chipotle vs. Monsanto, Misleading Meat Labels, and ‘Hot Goods’ Controversy

Chipotle's original location in Denver, Colorado. The company has become a key player in the state's debate over GMO labeling. Voters will cast their ballots on November 4 on a proposed measure to instate mandatory labeling. Credit: Wally Gobetz, Flickr.

It was a busy week in food news. Catch up on what you missed with the stories below.

1. EPA Approves Enlist Duo, Weed Killer for Genetically Engineered Crops (Associated Press)

Big Agriculture was handed a major win this week, as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its approval of the commercial herbicide Enlist Duo, a mixture of two other chemicals, 2,4-D and glyphosate. This decision comes following an earlier announcement from USDA giving the green light to genetically modified corn and soybeans that had been engineered to resist the potent herbicide.  Read More

California Takes a Bite Out of Farmers’ Market Fraud

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Most people take it for granted that all the fruits and vegetables at the farmers’ market are grown by the farmers selling them–and with good reason: Farmers markets foster direct relationships between producers and consumers.

But recent reports of fraud threaten to undermine that foundation of trust. In 2010, an undercover investigation revealed farmers buying wholesale produce from Mexico to sell at Los Angeles farmers’ markets. Last year, LA County boosted enforcement at markets and rooted out 19 vendors selling produce they didn’t grow. Read More

New Seeds, Old Pesticides: A Farmer on 2,4-D and Next Gen GMOs

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Editor’s note: On October 15, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Dow Chemical’s Enlist Duo herbicide, a new blend of 2,4-D and Roundup (glyphosate) developed for use on new varieties of genetically engineered (GE) corn, soybeans, and cotton.

 

I doubt very many people have ever heard or seen a “tank mix.” Simply put, it is a mix of several crop chemicals used together to control a variety of weeds. I have not looked into a swirling mix of chemicals in a crop spray rig for probably 20 years–that’s about how long it has been since we have used any herbicides on our farm. Read More

Gastropod: Dan Barber’s Quest for Flavor [Audio]

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Editor’s note: The following post comes to you from the creators of Gastropod, the new podcast that looks at food through the lens of science and history.

 

 

It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time before refrigerators, before long-distance trucks and ships. Most people had to survive on food from their immediate surroundings, no matter how poor the soil or challenging the terrain. They couldn’t import apples from New Zealand and potatoes from Peru, or rely on chemical fertilizer to boost their yields. Read More